Low-cost dental care & Health Insurance, Free condoms: Only in NYC

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nyc-condomAfter our earlier posts on free and low-cost health care in New York, we were approached by someone seeking care for a broken tooth.

Our earlier post had suggested the NYU College of Dentistry Clinic and similar clinics at other dental schools. We also mentioned New York City Department of Health dental clinics for people up to age 21. (Our patient was 23).

The nagging memory of a 2006 social medicine rounds (12/19/2006) led us to the Mayor’s Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access, a part of the city government which tries to make health insurance available to as many New Yorkers as possible.   Their website has an extensive listing of Health Resources for the Uninsured.  This page provides links to low cost dental services, mainly in hospitals.  The site also has links to  community health centers, as well as information on medications, mental health resources, and vision services.

If you have no insurance, this is a useful site to visit.  It provides a screening tool (it shows up as a sidebar on each page) to help you determine if you might be eligible for any public or private insurance plans.

Finally, – in terms of free non-dental services – this week we learned the NYC DOH offers free condoms and lubricants to organizations that will distribute them for free. Click on this link.

Brush your teeth and floss after each meal, stay away from sweetened drinks and have fun (safely).

Posted by Matt Anderson, MD

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2 Responses to “Low-cost dental care & Health Insurance, Free condoms: Only in NYC”


  1. 1celeste roach

    I need a root canel but my lowest cost quote so for is $750. I am a student at St johns an I need some help. I have no dental insurance.

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